Artful Memory

Whytecliff Park Sunset, 30x30, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


If you are a creative person, you must have experienced those memorable moments of inspiration which get rooted so deep in your mind, they never disappear. For a visual artist, those are often images with something special about them, be it an intriguing composition, a combination of colors, or just the sheer inexplicable "feel" of the moment.

While other delightful moments eventually fade into oblivion, these darlings keep coming back, and every time they do, I promise myself I'd do something special with them one day.

A beautiful art friend recently wrote to me describing a location which holds a special place in my heart. Ever since reading about it, an image from years ago started popping up, begging to be painted. Although I was working on anothr painting and had a few more planned, I couldn't shake off the desire to revisit this particular scene.

I searched my sketches and photo archives and I found a pic of a summer evening in the Whytecliff Park, looking west toward Bowen Island as the sun was setting down. I will never forget the joy of being there to witness the beauty of this stunning area.

After all those years, I finally recreated the moment in paint.

What a glorious gift it is to be able to do this!

Tatjana


Art Connections

Pacific Sunset, 16x20, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (Lando Gallery, Edmonton, AB)


I recently had a pleasure of hearing back from a few art lovers who gracefully shared photos showing my art displayed in their homes. This a wonderful reminder for artists how our creations touch lives of people we may never get to meet.

Although art enters a marketplace and gets passed on by a transaction of sale, it is unlike any other kind of product. Art that leaves the studio becomes an active part of someone's life. It inspires, relaxes, reminds, enchants.

Art interacts over space and time.

Take the Golden Sunset painting for example.


Golden Sunset (sold), original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

It was inspired by many trips to the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.

It's easy to fall in love with this place, its network of forest trails and beautiful rocks where one can spend hours gazing at the ocean, admiring the view of nearby islands. For me, this scene embodies the journey my husband and I made from Serbia to this amazing place on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. In 1994 we took a leap of faith and traveled thousands of kilometers to the most beautiful place on earth. That's what I think of when I look at this image.

For the art-loving family who now looks at it every day, it means something else.


Golden Sunset in its permanent home

It reminds them of growing up in this gorgeous area, having picknicks with friends, taking long walks with their dog. Our memories are different, yet our sentiment is the same.

It's about people cherishing experiences with their loved ones and feeling connected to the land.

Here are a few more pics sent in by the generous collectors to inspire us all to create, appreciate, and add art to our homes.


Golden and Orange Larch perched  in a beautiful spot


Mountain High welcoming visitors 


Little Zig Zag Falls helping its owners relax 


As I work on new sketches and paintings, I can't help wonder whose lives they might touch one day.



Whitewater, 12x16, work in progress study for a larger piece, now on the easel

All my best,

Tatjana